Local Seasonal Kitchen
Local Seasonal Kitchen

Local Seasonal Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.localsk.com/
  • Phone: 2019629400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Santoro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We can offer two smaller semi-private dining areas in the restaurant. The restaurant can also be purchased for an entirely private affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Greenberg 2019629400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Central
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the lot in front of the restaurant and the commuter lot behind the restaurant
A word from Local Seasonal Kitchen
Located less than a half a mile away from Steven’s grandfather’s farm estate where his culinary journey began over 25 years ago, Local - Seasonal Kitchen offers an intimate New York style dining experience showcasing Chef Santoro’s award winning contemporary American cuisine and creative use of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients, local markets and long time trusted purveyors.

We will take great pride in serving sustainably grown and harvested produce, meats and wild seafood at Local. We aspire to leave our planet better for future generations and because food simply tastes better when its ingredients are cared for by hand in a responsible way.

Our menu changes daily (sometimes at the very last moment) depending on availability of ingredients so please note that menu items are subject to change.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Local Seasonal Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (124)special occasion (100)neighborhood gem (83)romantic (35)hot spot (23)good for groups (16)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Wouldn't go back
    Stace
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although the food was pretty good, I have been to better in the area and won't be returning. The prices were high and the portions were small. We also asked if the mussel appetizer could be made Gluten Free and then they served if with slices of bread on top. It was very disappointing to say the least.
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  • Food was good
    RonB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I would like to see some additional items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NelleVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our waiter was fabulous - he had a true joy in describing each menu item in great detail and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Local
    Lola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was fresh and delicious and the wait staff was very attentive. It is very pricey so next time I will share an appetizer and dessert. The tables for two were a bit close together but overall it was a great dinner and I will go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andrea
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was excellent with a different spin on each item. Service was attentive and professional. Appetizers were a bit on the high side. All in all a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Another good esperience
    MorristownFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We drive 45 minutes to come to LOCAL and as usual our drive was worth it. My husband had the short ribs and said they were the BEST he has had. As if it a BYOB we appreciate that LOCAL has the appropriate glasses for wines. We look forward to many more special dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our second time dining at local. The food was amazing both times. I have highly recommended local to several people. It was a great night out for my husband and I who don't get to dine out often. Thank you for a fantastic meal and great service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but a bit noisy
    NurhanBVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we enjoyed our dinner very much. The staff was very attentive and they helped each other, whether it was their table or not. Unfortunately the large table next to us was quite noisy and that was the only negative (if you could call it that) that evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous local restaurant
    spmfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved this restaurant. It is by far the best food we have had locally in a very long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guido
    guido
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a fantastic anniversary dinner! The restaurant is beautiful, service excellent and the food superb! Can't wait to go back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the hype didn't match up
    foodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The service was very good. Had to ask to get water glasses refilled, more bread, etc. They gave us red wine glasses for white wine. Looking around the restaurant they just used whatever glass for any type of wine. We only got poured the first glass then we were on our own. I didn't feel the menu very seasonal. The scallops was paired with pumpkin...yes, in Aug. The specials were more seasonal but no prices were given out when the waiter told us about them. My soft shell crabs were very small and the potato and corn salad was just ok. Crabs needed salt. My husband got the halibut special...needed salt, too. I have heard some many wonderful things about the restaurant but it wasn't a four star experience. I did love my kale salad!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food - both in terms presentation and quality ... the fact that it is a BYOB is a significant bonus and makes the cost per dish, which I'd love to see about 20% less per dish, more palatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh but fast
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was fresh and thoughtfully prepared. However the appetizer and pasta course were served at the same time. Major no-no in my book. Let your customers enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    jjjjjjjjjj
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    anniversary dinner -- had a great time and the place was very special! thanks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heavenly Food
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Over and over again the food here shines bright. We have never had a dish that we haven't liked. The service is perfect the decor is cozy and welcoming. The owners pride shows in the restaurant and we are lucky have this little gem so close to home. We can't wait till we return again to have another outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brazed Short Ribs
    USRguy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    If their brazed short ribs were the last thing I ate in my life I would die a happy man. Everything else was exceptional too, but the BSR's defy a word high enough to describe them. Make sure to ask the chef how he prepares them, it will blow your mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I found our new favorite restaurant
    Rolento
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Several of our friends had dined at Local and gave it great reviews so we had to try it for ourselves. Instead of going to our previous favorite restaurant, we decided to try Local. It was a Tuesday evening so I can't vouch for how busy it can get on the weekends. Even on a Tuesday, the restaurant was active but in a good way. The decor is tastefully done and the service was perfect. The food was amazing. Everything we ordered was delicious. Prices seem a little high but considering that I can't find any other place that sells grass-fed rib eye, I'll happily return for the special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greg
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Second visit here. This time, felt service was somewhat rushed. Main course arrived as we were just finishing appetizer. Food was excellent but timing was off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    Granite
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had my Birthday dinner here and enjoyed every minute of it! Loved the menu choices and the presentation of the dishes was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had heard great things about this restaurant but it just didn't stand up to all the hype. Everything was good, but nothing special or note worthy. Kind if expensive for a BYOB.
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  • Pricey but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    food was excellent but expensive! appetizers for $25 is a bit excessive
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  • Excellent
    Ramsydiner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Phenomenal food, prompt and attentive service, made a birthday celebration very special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    H2001
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Every time I go I am never disappointed. The food is absolutely delicious, fresh and enjoy each bite. It is a must to go and one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No disappointment here
    AFBRVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was our third visit to Local and we have yet to be disappointed. The dishes were very well described, prepared perfectly and presented in a lovely fashion. While I was somewhat hesitant about the Sweet Corn Gelato, it turned out to be delicious! It was very creamy with a hint of corn. Definitely a stretch but very tasty.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot / Off Night
    freguentdiner27
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Been there numerous times and sent many friends as well. Usually a local jewel, but hit an off night unfortunetly while there to celebrate my daughter's bday. They just couldn't get the food out of the kitchen and service was way off.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BirthdayDinner
    Saturdaynightdiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great dinner. Second time at Local, both times very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Nomorelocal
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I spent out 17th wedding anniversary there. The service is okay but nothing special. Ambiance is FAR from romantic and cozy. My spaghetti appetizer was tasty yet the half order was literally two fork twists. We both ordered soft shell crab that arrived on corn kernels (from a can?) and had almost no taste. Dessert menu is limited. By the way, so is the Dinner one. Our usual anniversary dinner is in Manhattan but we choose LOCAL due to its close proximity to where we live. Unfortunately, we walked away very disappointed.
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  • A Treat for the Tastebuds
    WyckoffJim
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Took my wife here for our 10th anniversary. I was pleasantly surprised: nice ambience, great service, and incredible food! Everything I ate was delicious, and I only wish I could have eaten more! I will return to this gem!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    DC10901
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Expensive but so worth the experience. Awesome combinations of ingredients, blended flavors with over the top presentation. Excellent! I never had such delicious bread in my life.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    GR58
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday on 7/11 and food was delicious. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beezle
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Amazzzzing! Can't be beat!!! The menu is like no other and I dream about their ravioli appetizer! The service is so professional yet so welcoming! My favorite restaurant in Bergen County!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Outstanding menu, service and food. All way above most "A" restaurants we've been to run by top chef's in the NY/NJ area. The specials, appetizers and entrees, were terrific as we selected those items for our dinner. While i understand that the restaurant isn't that big and the items on the menu were very creative, they are VERY pricey. In addition, they don't offer the prices of the specials unless you ask. Special appetizers were $25 for a relatively small dish. Tea was $6. However, we will definitely go back. Just not as often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IrkyO
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Best restaurant in Bergen County. ll the dishes are done with care and all fresh ingredients are used.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy!
    diner1357
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is a great, busy restaurant but they need to work on the acoustics--WAY too loud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    silverfox
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Celebrated wife's birthday- excellent all around- ambiance, food, sevice noise level all just simply great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great meal!
    Frenchy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We truly enjoyed our meal! The clams and mussels were served with a wonderful broth and the soft shell crab was perfect! Our entrees did not disappoint and the flour less chocolate dessert was a great ending! Service was attentive- tables are large- would not mind being a bit closer to my date!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    Steve
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Never disappoints. 5th time here. Been outstanding each time
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything I ordered at Local Seasonal Kitchen was incredible! The Raviolo appetizer was incredibly delicious. My salmon special was wonderful, and the green beans were perfect. And the roasted seasonal vegetables - excellent! The dessert I ordered a Honey Pine Nut Tart; I have to say that it was SOOOO incredibly delicious that I was still dreaming about it the next day! I will definitely be going back to try other things on the menu. They even serve gluten-free bread if you need it! If you go, it's good to know that it is in a strip mall, and the only word you can see on the sign from the street is "Local," so keep your eyes open for it. Just don't miss going for an exquisite meal!! (It's not inexpensive, though, and it is BYOB.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Food but Pricey
    Dave
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food at Local Seasonal Kitchen is excellent. The menu is interesting and varied. But this restaurant is very pricey and the portions are just a little too small. I had duck breast the other night and I thought it was very tasty and there was plenty of duck breast on my plate. But it was served with Brussel Sprouts and there were only 5 tiny ones hiding under the duck. Come on! I go to Local Seasonal Kitchen because I want a dining experience with fresh ingredients. You don't need to ration the vegetables. I was also disappointed in the desert selections. There was no deserts made with fresh fruit and at least half the possibilities had coffee flavoring of one kind or another. I dislike the taste of coffee so this was no go for me.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok Food Not Worth the Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The soft shell crab appetizer special that night was really quite tasteless and extraordinarily expensive at $24 for such a tiny portion. The other dishes we had, also expensive, were fine. We were not impressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate